Of all the supplements I have reviewed over the years, fish oil (EPA and DHA) still remains as the supplement with the most research. Still, people continue to have questions about fish oil supplements. But they don't have to anymore because I want to tell you about one of the best books on omega 3 fish oil supplements I have ever read. It's called The Omega 3 Handbook. If you've got questions—this book has the answers.
The Omega 3 Handbook: A Ready Reference Guide for Health Professionals was written by Gretchen Vannice in 2011. Gretchen is a registered dietitian and also holds a MS degree in Nutrition Science. For a nerd like me, it was the part about this book being a “reference guide for health care professionals” that first grabbed my attention.
But, soon after I bought this book from Amazondid I realize that I had a much better book than I thought. Not only is this book referenced (the facts are numbered in the text so I can check out the facts for myself) but better than this, the book is actually VERY easy to read!
The thing I liked most about The Omega 3 Handbook is that it's basically written in a question and answer format. Pretty much every question you ever have had about fish, fish oil supplements and omega 3 fatty acids is answered in this book.
Just to give you a taste, I want to take you through some of the facts outlined in the Omega 3 Handbook and show you how it can help enrich your life:
Page 11. While blood levels of EPA and DHA increase in a matter of hours after taking fish oil, if you took 1 gram of fish oil a day, it would take up to 24 weeks before red blood cell membranes showed increased EPA/DHA levels. In other words, some of the benefits of EPA and DHA take time before they start to show up.
Page 27. Cooking fish does not really harm the fish oils in the fish.
Page 29. Fish that's canned in water has more EPA and DHA than fish canned in oil (that one surprised me!)
Page 45. What's better Albacore tuna or light tuna? Albacore tuna has 3x as much EPA and DHA as light tuna.
Page 46. The best fish sources of EPA and DHA include salmon, anchovies, bluefin tuna, herring and sardines.
Fish that has the lowest levels of EPA and DHA include: tilapia, cod, catfish and haddock. Most fish oil supplements in the US and Canada come from sardines and anchovies.
Other questions addressed in the Omega 3 handbook include
- How to read fish oil supplement labels
- Omega 3's in foods
- Fish and pregnancy
- Omega 3's and ADD
- Iodine in fish oil supplements
- Krill oil vs. fish oil
- Fish oil vs. cod liver oil
- What about squid oil?
- GLA and ALA vs. fish oil
- Fish oil and medications
- Fish oil and toxins
- What if you're allergic to fish?
- Omega 3 content of chia seeds and hemp seeds
- What are omega 3-6-9 supplements?
- Is there such a thing as organic fish oil?
- Omega 3 intake for vegetarians (vegans)
- How to choose one brand of fish oil over another
Another benefit of the Omega 3 Handbook is that while you read it, you find yourself wanting to eat more fish and find a good quality fish oil supplement. That's what I did! I have drastically increased my intake of fish and fish oil after reading this book.
The Omega 3 Handbook is 115 pages, which makes it easy to find the information you want fast —hence the reason it's called “Ready Reference for Healthcare Professionals.” The Omega 3 Handbook packs more information about omega 3 fatty acids than any book I've seen before —and does so in a way that anybody can understand. Highly recommended.